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Why I’ll never stand for newly introduced old anthem – Aisha Yesufu

Nigerian socio-political activist, Aisha Yesufu has vowed never to stand up during the rendition of the re-introduced national anthem, ‘Nigeria We Hail Thee’.

The Big Back Our Girls, BBOG convener wa recently captured on tape sitting down with her legs crossed while the national anthem was being recited at an event, an action which sparked controversy.

After mixed reactions trailed the viral video, Aisha explained in another clip that she may never acknowledge the new anthem.

According to her, economic and security crisis bedevilling the nation, are better areas that should have taken the attention of the National Assembly.

She said; “As far as I am concerned, there is no new and old national anthem, there is only one ‘Arise O Compatriot’ and that is what I know.

“If I am at any occasion I will stand up for the national anthem but if they start playing the ‘Nigeria We Hail Thee’ I will sit down and operate my phone.

“For me, that is an obnoxious law, the National Assembly has things they should focus on. If they are not ashamed of themselves, we citizens of the country are ashamed on their behalf.

“That is not what they should be focused on. Right now, we have companies that are leaving Nigeria, we are losing a lot, our GDP is going down, and there is no security of lives and properties.

“In the midst of all these, adults who are supposed to sit down in one place, said they want to take Nigeria back, saying Nigeria we hail thee. We have a national anthem”.